The transportation industry is at the forefront of economic growth and globalization. The ability to move goods and transport people efficiently—whether by truck, ship, airplane or train—is crucial to the success of businesses worldwide. And while the renewed interest of venture capitalists, an increase in public/private partnerships and the granting of stimulus funds offer promise of more opportunities for transportation businesses and their customers, these and other factors—new technologies that track goods more accurately, changing regulations—also complicate the operations of transportation companies.
Thompson Coburn’s transportation attorneys represent ocean carriers, ports, air carriers, motor carriers, public transit systems, trade associations, shippers and cargo owners, and can handle the breadth of issues that affect the industry and its customers. Our attorneys have decades of experience and understand that transportation issues are complex and often include substantial capital investments with multiple parties that are directly and indirectly involved. In addition, they handle regulatory issues involving competition and antitrust proceedings, safety and environmental regulation, licensing, cargo security, joint ventures and international services arising before courts, federal agencies and the U.S. Congress. We also serve transportation innovators by handling their intellectual property work.
Our transportation attorneys counsel clients on air, rail, truck and maritime HAZMAT compliance issues involving U.S. federal regulations; the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air; the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations; and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.
Several of our attorneys have held positions within the Departments of Transportation, Treasury and Justice; the U.S. International Trade Commission; on staffs in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate; and at related trade organizations. Because of this range of experiences, our attorneys can address issues involving nearly any sector of the transportation industry.